Top Chef Canada

Monday night’s eagerly anticipated season finale of Top Chef Canada delivered record-breaking audience numbers for 

Food Network Canada, achieving an unprecedented 410,000 (2+), making it the highest rated episode ever in the network’s history. Further reinforcing Food Network Canada’s solid track record for delivering the best in entertaining, food-related content, Monday’s finale beat out all specialty competition and drew in the highest audience for its time period as well as the entire day in key demographics. Canadians were no doubt on the edges of their seats waiting to find out that Vancouver’s Chef Dale MacKay of recently opened ensemble restaurant has been crowned Canada’s Top Chef. 

Top Chef Canada is no stranger to its triumphant season finale audience levels.  The first season of the Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit premiered to unprecedented audience numbers for a single play with 381,700 (2+) and 257,100 (A25-54), making it the network’s highest-rated premiere this broadcast year in both the same demographics. Top Chef Canada is currently rated the number one series in Food Network’s history.

Viewers who missed the season finale of Top Chef Canada can tune in to see it again on Saturday, July 9th at 7pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada or watch it online at topchefcanada.ca.  More information about the eagerly anticipated second season of Top Chef Canada, set to air on Food Network Canada in 2012, will be revealed in the coming months.

Source: BBM Canada PPM data (includes overnight data)

Vancouver based Chef Dale Mackay is the inaugural winner of Top Chef Canada, as revealed in the fierce and emotional season finale of Top Chef Canada that aired tonight on Food Network Canada.

Along with the Top Chef title, Dale will receive the grand prize of $100,000 and a GE Monogram Kitchen worth $30,000.

In the final episode, Chef MacKay took on fellow finalists Toronto’s Chef Rob Rossi (formerly Mercatto) and Calgary’s Chef Connie DeSousa (CHARCUT).  Chef DeSousa started out strong, winning the Quickfire Challenge, but it was Chef MacKay’s impressive three-course meal prepared for guest judges David Hawksworth, Chef/Owner of Vancouver’s Hawksworth; John Peller, Owner of Peller Estates; and Jason Parsons, Executive Chef at Peller Estates that earned him the title of Canada’s first Top Chef.  

“Winning Top Chef Canada is easily the biggest accomplishment of my career,” says Dale MacKay, Top Chef Canada winner and Executive Chef/Proprietor of Vancouver’s ensemble restaurant.  “Canada has such amazing culinary talent, so it’s a real honour to represent the country this way.”

Before opening ensemble in May 2011, Chef MacKay had been a protégé to world renowned Chef Gordon Ramsay at his restaurants in Tokyo, New York, and London.  More recently, he was Executive Chef at Lumière, Vancouver’s Five Diamond, Four Star, Relais Gourmand establishment, managed by celebrated New York Chef Daniel Boulud’s Dinex Group.  As Executive Chef/Proprietor of ensemble, Chef MacKay aims to give Vancouverites an entirely new and exciting dining concept, combining classic French techniques with modern influences and flavour profiles from around the world.

Viewers who missed the season finale of Top Chef Canada can tune in to see it again on Saturday, July 9th at 7pm ET/PT on Food Network Canada or watch it online starting tomorrow at topchefcanada.ca  More information about the eagerly anticipated second season of Top Chef Canada, set to air on Food Network Canada in 2012, will be revealed in the coming months.

After twelve weeks of blood, sweat, tears, and the most intense culinary competition this country has ever seen, Canada is only days away from crowning its very own inaugural Top Chef.  

With only three competitors left standing in Food Network Canada’s number one series, Top Chef Canada, the competition is fierce for one to take home the grand prize of $100,000, a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000, and the coveted title of Canada’s first ever Top Chef.  

The final episode of the inaugural season of Top Chef Canada will air on Monday, July 4th at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network Canada.

Rising above every demanding culinary challenge throughout the season to date, Calgary’s Connie DeSousa (CHARCUT Roast House), Vancouver’s Dale MacKay (Ensemble), and Toronto’s Rob Rossi (formerly Mercatto) have outperformed their fellow 13 competitors and are ready to battle each other in the biggest, most important culinary competition of their lives.

The three finalists have honed their culinary skills and earned their keep since entering Top Chef Canada’s GE Monogram Kitchen for the first time.  Having won two Quickfire and three Elimination Challenges, Connie was awarded a trip for two to Los Angeles to stay at the Mondrian Hotel as well as a trip for two to Chicago via Porter Airlines for a weekend.  Dale won three Quickfire and Elimination Challenges each, and received $5,000 in President’s Choice gift cards.  With his one Quickfire and four Elimination Challenge victories, Rob took home $2,500 in Le Creuset products as well as a $5,000 cash prize.

But which of these three finalists will be left standing as Canada’s Top Chef?  Find out in the cut-throat, high stakes finale that will no doubt be an emotional rollercoaster for competitors and viewers alike.  To catch up on the entire first season to date, viewers can tune in to a Canada Day marathon of the 12 episodes of Top Chef Canada airing July 1st from 12pm ET/9am PT until 12am ET/9pm PT.  All the drama builds up to the season finale of Top Chef Canada which airs on Food Network Canada Monday, July 4th at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT, with an encore presentation Saturday, July 9th at 7 pm ET/PT.

Shaw Media today announced the renewal of its number one Food Network Canada series, Top Chef Canada, for a second season.  A national casting call for Canada’s next culinary star has begun, with applications available at www.topchefcanada.ca.  The deadline for submitting applications is June 22, 2011.

The first season of the Canadian adaptation of the international smash hit premiered in April, 2011 to unprecedented audience numbers for a single play with 381,700 (2+) and 257,100 (A25-54), making it the highest-rated Canadian original premiere in Food Network Canada’s history as well as the highest-rated premiere this broadcast year in both the 2+ and A25-54 demographic on Food Network.  After seven weeks on air, Top Chef Canada is rated the number one series in Food Network’s history.

Shaw Media will continue to work with Canadian production powerhouse, Insight Productions, for the second season, which will premiere in 2012 exclusively on Food Network Canada.  Internationally revered chef and restaurateur Mark McEwan and celebrated restaurateur Shereen Arazm will return as Head Judge and Resident Judge respectively.  The series’ much-loved host, Los Angeles-based Thea Andrews, will be missed this season as she and her husband are expecting their second child.  As such, a new host for season two will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Top Chef Canada has proved to be a monumental success for Food Network Canada, and we are thrilled to be bringing it back for a second season,” says Barb Williams, Senior Vice President of Content, Shaw Media.  “This season we witnessed the exceptional talent this country has to offer and this next batch of competitors will certainly have their work cut out for them, as they’ll face more creative, unexpected, and intensely difficult challenges than ever before.”

“We are delighted that Canadian viewers have taken Top Chef to their hearts and joined the legions of Top Chef fans all over the world,” says Yvonne Pilkington, Senior Vice President, Format Sales & Production, NBCUniversal International.  “Shaw Media have proven to be a great partner and we look forward to the continued success of Top Chef Canada for many seasons to come.”

The country’s best and brightest up-and-coming culinary stars, aged 19 years and older, are encouraged to visit www.topchefcanada.ca to download the application form.  In addition to the online form, applicants must create a short video of themselves in action, showing off their cooking ability and on-camera personality. Applicants will be selected to compete for the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be crowned Canada’s next Top Chef.

Staying true to the original show format, Top Chef Canada challenges 16 competitors’ culinary, customer service, management and teamwork skills to see who can cut it as Canada’s Top Chef, taking home the grand prize including $100,000.  The intensity builds each week as the competitors vie for their shot at stardom and avoid elimination.

All information on how to apply to be on Top Chef Canada is now available at www.topchefcanada.ca. Casting is currently open and runs until June 22, 2011.

Viewers can continue watching the first season of Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada Mondays at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT, with encore presentations Saturdays at 7 pm ET/PT.  Canada’s inaugural Top Chef will be crowned in the season finale airing Monday, July 4th at 9pm ET/10pm PT on Food Network Canada.

Food Network Canada has started the search for Canada’s next culinary star. We are looking for passionate, knowledgeable, skilled chefs who have the ability to compete with the best of the best. Do you think you have what it takes to be Canada’s Top Chef?

Download the application and send in a video of your best work in the kitchen. Deadline for applications is June 22, 2011. Don’t wait until the last minute.

Follow Top Chef Canada on twitter @topchefcanada and find the Facebook page to get up-to-date details!

See www.foodnetwork.ca/topchefcanada for more information.

Reality series Top Chef Canada has faced some heat this week after featuring a horse meat dish on one of its episodes.

The Monday night screening of the popular Food Network series featured contestants preparing dishes using horse meat leading to over 4,500 joining a Facebook page entitled: Boycott Top Chef – Protect the Horses.

Frederiction resident Debbie Shorten, who owns two horses, says she joined the campaign because she felt horses aren’t treated humanely during transport to slaughter houses.

“My issues relate to … tons of literature that talks about how horses are transported,” Shorten said.

“If they put on a show about eating dog, I’m sure Canadians would be absolutely bonkers about the whole thing…. In essence, by putting this on a television show, we’re supporting the use of horse meat as an ingredient in a menu and I find that really horrifying.”

Food Network Canada has responded to the complaints, saying: “The challenge in this episode involves having the competitors create a truly authentic, traditional French menu. One of the most traditional French foods is horse meat. Horse meat is also considered a delicacy in many cultures around the world.

“While we understand that this content may not appeal to all viewers, Food Network Canada aims to engage a wide audience, embracing different food cultures in our programming.”

Source: Toronto.com

Canada’s biggest culinary competition is off to a record-breaking start.  The premiere episode of Top Chef Canada devoured the competition Monday night, drawing in unprecedented audience numbers for a single play with 317,000 (2+) and 212,000 (A25-54).  

This makes it the highest-rated Canadian original premiere in Food Network Canada’s history as well as the highest-rated premiere this broadcast year in both the 2+ and A25-54 demographic on Food Network Canada.  

Clearly Canadians were eager to get a taste of the country’s top culinary talent, as the debut drew in the highest audience for its time period* as well as the entire day** across all specialty channels in key demographics.

Top Chef is an Emmy and James Beard Award-Winning series for Bravo in the US.  Since Top Chef’s premiere on Food Network in fall 2006 it has consistently ranked in Food Network’s top 10 programs.  

Recognizing the strong appetite Canadian viewers have for such fierce culinary competition, in spring 2010 Shaw Media acquired the rights from NBC Universal to bring the Top Chef format to Canada and be produced by Insight Productions.  The stellar April 11 premiere performance of Top Chef Canada reconfirms how hungry Canadians are for home-grown competition.

Top Chef Canada challenges 16 competitors’ culinary skills to see who can cut it as Canada’s Top Chef, taking home the grand prize of $100,000 and a GE Monogram kitchen worth $30,000.  Hosted by celebrated television personality, Thea Andrews and head judge, chef and restaurateur, Mark McEwan, Top Chef Canada promises the kind of high stakes competition and addictive drama that will inspire viewers to cheer on their favourite competitors each week.  In next week’s eagerly anticipated episode of Top Chef Canada, the chefs must create an inspired breakfast dish using Canadian cheese. 

Viewers can continue watching Top Chef Canada on Food Network Canada Mondays at 9 pm ET/10 pm PT with encore presentations Saturdays at 7 pm ET/PT.

Source: BBM Canada PPM overnight data

Top Chef Canada 2011

Name: Patrick Weise

Age: 40 years old

From: Toronto, ON

Top Chef Canada 2011

Name: Michael Stauffer

Age: 30 years old

From: Dundas, ON

Top Chef Canada 2011

Name: Rob Rossi

Age: 27 years old

From: Toronto, ON